If you want to see dramatic, visual evidence of what the new “First Class” service standard would mean for U.S. mailers, go to https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=modernservice, click on Service Standards Maps, then enter your Zip Code.
For Seattle 98101, Tacoma 98401 and the state capital of Olympia 98501, everything going to the northwestern part of Washington state would take two delivery days; everywhere else would take three delivery days. If that is too slow, the Postal Service offers overnight Express Mail that starts at about $20.
By comparison, United Parcel Service and FedEx both offer an inexpensive Ground service that delivers OVERNIGHT to the entire state of Washington and most populated areas of Oregon for half as much. See UPS Ground delivery times at http://www.ups.com/maps?loc=en_US. For items up to 1/2 pound, they charge about $8 to a business address, $10 residential. Of course, the higher shipping cost would be passed on to customers. Thanks, USPS.
Modern Service Standards
Modern Service Standards were first published in January 2007 in accordance with requirements of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. Modern Service Standards are updated quarterly to reflect changes in the processing, transportation, and delivery network.
Service Standards are officially defined as “A stated goal for service achievement for each mail class.” A Service Standard represents the level of service that the USPS strives to provide to customers. These standards are considered to be one of the primary operational goals, or benchmark against which service performance is compared in various measurement systems